In her book The Artist’s Way for Retirement, Julia Cameron lists what she calls the common problems facing the newly retired. Her list is broad-ranging. It includes: ‘too much time, lack of structure, a sense that our physical surroundings suddenly appear outdated, excitement about the future coupled with a palpable fear of the unknown.’
Every year the Australian Bureau of Statistics puts out its ‘Retirement and Retirement Intentions’ report. The latest (2016-17 report) gives a fascinating statistical look at what’s happening. (Not everyone finds statistics fascinating, of course.) Where do you see yourself among the statistics?
No matter how well you plan there will be the unexpected in your retirement—the same as there is in life at any stage. In this podcast, we discuss some of the things that can happen. The bottom line is that there are times when you have to be flexible.
Test drive your retirement? Yes, it can be done and it isn’t that difficult. Your test drive begins by taking a month off (holidays or long service leave) a year or so before retirement. But it’s a stay-at-home holiday to allow you to live as if you’re retired.
Australia is fortunate to have so many great places to retire, and deciding whether to stay or move is a big decision. From the River Murray towns of Echuca, Yarrawonga, and Loxton, to the coast of Queensland, the wine regions of Western Australia, to the charm of Tasmania, there is much on offer. Moving in retirement, however, isn’t an easy decision and there’s much to consider.
We all know retirement is more than money, but finances is a major concern. Then there’s the what-will-I-do question, with the answer often found in making lists. The trips. The hobbies. The new experiences. Revisiting old experiences. And so on. But there’s a more important question that should be asked: What do I want out of life?
You will cope if you find yourself suddenly single—through death or divorce. In this podcast, we look at the issue and offer some suggestions that may help you work your way through this difficult time.
This is the second of a two-part series about unexpected or forced retirement that may come from ill health, an accident, retrenchment, caregiving demands or a number of other circumstances.
Life is about beginnings and endings. About endings and beginnings. And about transitions between them. Here’s what you need to know about transitioning to retirement.
I received what could be the ultimate compliment for a writer yesterday. I was preparing to conduct a preparing-for-retirement workshop when one of the participants pulled me aside to thank me for my book Retirement Ready? Yes, that’s a compliment, but it’s what came next that took it to another level.